Policy Outcome: Belt and Road: Challenged by a Systemic Rival?
Since its launch in 2013, Beijing has acquired an increased standing of global influence and has built an extensive network of allies and partners. This has by extension affected the EU’s international influence and rendered China a systemic rival as declared by the European Commission in March 2019. Even more vigilance is needed in relation to China’s growing sway with the EU’s smaller members, notably in Central and Eastern Europe. Against the backdrop of these developments, the Tatra Summit 2019 held a Focus Group which provided a great opportunity to have a sobering conversation among experts about Beijing’s global ambitions through the BRI, refining EU’s China strategy, and potential areas where bilateral and multilateral collaboration is viable.
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